OK, more evidence that I spoke waaaaay too soon when I glibly posted the other day (in "Musings on Conversational Writing") that email communications rarely rise to the standard of conversation. First, Jeffrey Rubin raised a question about it (see yesterday's post entitled "Maybe I'm Wrong") and now, Brett Rogers, an Iowan who has his own provocative conversational blog going, wrote me to say:
"I love the idea of pushing conversations. That's really what we're all hoping for - through the window of our computer's screen: a conversation. Touch, in a virtual world. I know that I approach my read of blogs in the hope of gaining some nugget that transforms me into more than I was for the experience. Gotta love those 'A-ha!' moments."
In effect, what both Jeffrey and Brett are reminding me of is that aside from purely business communications, there are plenty of other verbal exchanges taking place on the web and many of them–forget the mere chattering and noisy rants–rise to the standard of conversation.
I stand corrected...and welcome more examples of provocative, occasionally wise, sometimes even life-changing ongoing conversations on the Internet.